Industry News | May 11, 2013

NRA Tackles Health Care with Help of New Executive

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As part of its ongoing efforts to help the restaurant and foodservice industry address health-care challenges, including the 2010 health-care law, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced that insurance industry veteran Randy Spicer has joined the trade organization as vice president of health and insurance services.

In this newly created role, he will lead the Association's health program and alliance with UnitedHealthcare, developing health-care and health care reform–related solutions for the restaurant industry, while also working with members and state restaurant association partners.

“Randy brings an extensive background in health care and financial management, product development, underwriting, and service integration strategies within the insurance, Medicare, and health-care industries,” says James Balda, senior vice president of innovation and business development for the NRA. “His expertise will further enhance the Association’s robust health-care policy and solutions work on behalf of our members and their employees.”

In senior leadership positions, Spicer has created regional health plans; started managed dental, workers’ comp, and Part D programs; and designed Medicare Secondary Payer recovery programs.

Most recently, he served as UnitedHealthcare’s vice president of national alliances responsible for improving health plan results. Spicer also has served as president and CEO for CIGNA’s North Texas and Oklahoma region, as well as president/CEO for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s FPL and Joint Venture Operations. 

Spicer has served on a number of boards, including The Hospital Center at Orange, Health Partners, and as a director of the Health Industry Council.

He holds an MBA from the University of Arkansas and is a CLU and CPCU.

Spicer augments the Association’s ongoing commitment to provide members with health-care solutions and support the navigation of the 2010 health-care law.

In addition to the Association’s health-care policy team and existing online resource center, the Association is making the health-care law a top focus at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show taking place May 18–21 in Chicago.

Association staff and experts will conduct education sessions and one-on-one health-care consulting opportunities for individual operators at the Health Care Knowledge Center.

The Association has developed a comprehensive "Health Care Law: What You Need to Know Now" primer.

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